Job Description

The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) is an African-led, regional non-profit policy think tank established in 2010 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy and practice in development efforts in Africa. We analyse, synthesise, and translate evidence (i.e. data and research) and use it to generate or strengthen political commitment, inform resource allocation, programme design and implementation. The aim is to contribute to the realisation of sustainable development by enabling the formulation of sound policies and programme interventions.


AFIDEP, therefore, invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) expert. The position will be based in our Kenya office with responsibilities to coordinate regional activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the MERL Expert will be to:

  • Support BUILD Program partners to develop their respective MERL Plans
  • Develop quarterly project performance reports
  • Coordinate development of the project’s annual work plans
  • Guide the process of identifying key program performance indicators including developing the parameters for monitoring program performance.
  • Develop the project monitoring tools
  • Track activity implementation and undertake analysis of implementation milestones
  • Provide leadership in writing results-based target-oriented quarterly and annual program performance reports.
  • Develop a plan for capacity building on M&E for staff of AFIDEP and partner organizations
  • Regularly visit BUILD partner organizations to provide M&E technical support
  • Communicate learning for internal and external audiences


Qualifications and Experiences

  • Undergraduate qualification in Biostatistics, Applied Statistics or a relevant discipline
  • Postgraduate qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Knowledge of integrated multi-sectoral programming
  • Good analytical skills coupled with ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience working as a MERL Officer for a regional or international organization.
  • Experience and knowledge in using a wide range of project planning methods and good understanding of the project management cycle.
  • Working in a USAID funded project will be an added advantage

Skills and Competencies:

  • Proven quantitative and qualitative research skills developed preferably within a research institution.
  • Effective communication skills both written and oral
  • Creative and independent report writing skills
  • Proven ability to structure persuasive arguments in a strategic way
  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong IT skills with excellent command of data analysis and reporting software

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